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Helping your child maintain strong teeth and a healthy mouth is just one of the many important aspects of being a parent. As their primary teeth are gradually replaced by their complement of 32 permanent teeth, cavity prevention becomes very important.

Preserving the molars and premolars in the back of their mouth from any new, potential cavities will go a long way toward helping them maintain those teeth in their later years of life.

You should also keep in mind that the permanent molars and premolars can sometimes have deep textures in the tooth enamel for the biting surface. These deep recesses could potentially harbor bacterial deposits and tooth enamel that could promote latent tooth decay.

Sometimes brushing their teeth each morning and night isn’t sufficient for removing these the bacterial deposits. If your son or daughter’s regular dental exam with Dr. Austin Bowden reveals a problem like this, he might recommend cleaning the area and applying dental sealants.

It is a special type of dental resin that creates a durable barrier along the biting surface of each molar and premolar. Even if plaque and food residue become trapped in the textures of the tooth enamel, the lack of direct access will prevent tooth decay from developing.

Dental sealants are designed to be durable enough to resist wear from biting, chewing, and daily brushing. Sometimes they can last for up to a full decade.  

If you live in the Timonium, Maryland, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your child’s permanent molars and premolars, you should call 410-828-5699 to schedule a dental checkup at Kids First Pediatric Dentistry.